Flu could be unwanted holiday guest - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Flu could be unwanted holiday guest

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Worth County is Camera Ready

    Worth County is Camera Ready

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:50 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:50:56 GMT
    Karen Rackley, Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce Executive DirectorKaren Rackley, Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director
    Every county in Georgia is now camera ready.Worth County is one of the final 20 counties that just earned the designation meant to show television and movie producers that local communities are able and willing to help them. More >>
    Every county in Georgia is now camera ready.Worth County is one of the final 20 counties that just earned the designation meant to show television and movie producers that local communities are able and willing to help them. More >>
  • Sylvester city departments remain without phone service

    Sylvester city departments remain without phone service

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:50 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:50:33 GMT
    Bill Yearta, Mayor of SylvesterBill Yearta, Mayor of Sylvester
    All city departments in Sylvester remain without phone service. The phone system went down on Monday at Sylvester City Hall and the police, fire, and public works departments.More >>
    All city departments in Sylvester remain without phone service. The phone system went down on Monday at Sylvester City Hall and the police, fire, and public works departments.More >>
  • When does discipline go too far??

    When does discipline go too far??

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:42 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:42:39 GMT
    Dr. Sinay Edwards, Open Arms Program DirectorDr. Sinay Edwards, Open Arms Program Director
    The arrest of an NFL superstar on child abuse charges raises questions about when discipline goes too far.More >>
    The arrest of an NFL superstar on child abuse charges raises questions about when discipline goes too far.More >>

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  South Georgia health officials are waiting on test results from a death that may be the area's second flu-related this season.

At Phoebe Putney's Emergency Room, they say it's not unusual to have five to 10 patients come in a day with the flu. Last weekend, they diagnosed nearly 70-patients with the flu. Georgia is one of only four states that has seen regional flu outbreaks. Health officials still urge those who haven't received a flu shot to get one.

"We continue to be disappointed in the large numbers of people who whatever reason choose not to get the flu shot. We find that the resistance to getting the flu shot even after the H1N1 last year is to me inexplicable," said Dr. Doug Patten, PPMH V.P. of Medical Affairs.

Two weeks ago, 37-year old Shannon Cook, a Lee County mother with no prior health problems, died from the flu. More than 200 flu cases have been confirmed in the southwest health district so far, the largest number in Colquitt and Dougherty Counties. Many doctor's offices are closed, but Phoebe's Convenient Care will remain open through 5:00 PM Christmas Eve. Doctors say if your symptoms are severe, you should go to the emergency room.


©2010 WALB News. All rights reserved.   Feedback